Lilly Talbot never imagined she would be starting her life over again. Losing her good name for something she didn't do forces her to move into an old lake house she inherited in Vermont. Upon arrival, she is shocked. Half the roof is about to slide into Lake Champlain. Even more upsetting, the man who can fix it will only agree if she trades him room and board for his labor. What will the good people of Haley think of her sharing a house with the handsome bachelor?
A man with a past...
Connor "Mac" MacQueen, once one of the infamous Whiz Kids of Wall Street, spent three years in prison for insider trading. Only one thing sustained him during his time inside, the thought of owning Point Cottage, a home he'd fallen in love with years ago. Now his plans to transform the house into a stunning showcase for his eco-friendly home construction business might be scrapped.
Secrest and lies...
Now someone is trying to drive Lilly from her home. Is it someone from her past? Mac has secrets of his own--that could ruin lives if revealed. But if Lilly and Mac are to have a future together they must first delve into the past for answers and accept some difficult truths about each other. Only then, will they know if true love is in their hearts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great start to a small-town contemporary romance series. ------------ The Truth About Lilly by Christy McKee is the first novel in "The Shores of Lake Champlain" series. The story follows Lilly Talbot as she tries to rebuild her life after a series of blows. Her relocation to the town of Haley, Vermont is a culture shock to her Southern sensibilities, but even more shocking is the man she finds in the home that she is moving into. Connor 'Mac' MacQueen has his own agenda and, just like Lilly, a painful history to overcome. They each must find a way to get past family issues and go on, the question is whether it will be alone or together. This fun and exciting contemporary romance has elements of suspense to add to the excellent storyline that explores the parameters and repercussions of guilt and forgiveness. I love the gradual exposition of details and the way the main characters slowly grow into a relationship. The unexpected roommate scenario is a commonly used device but it was so much fun to watch the sparks fly as the apparently diametrically opposed personalities interact, and the north vs. south divide is bridged through food, family, and manners. The emotional wounds that each character has suffered gives texture to their respective personalities and the deft depiction of their family ties and interactions provide a great contrast to the sensual and sizzling connection that evolves between Lilly and Mac. There are intriguing twists that give glimpses of some of the secondary characters who I suspect will have their own time in the spotlight, and although some seem a little farfetched, they do provide an interesting storyline. I like the way humor, passion, small-town life, and mystery are combined in this story and I look forward to getting to know more about some of the yummy secondary characters as the series continues. Be forewarned, one may develop a craving for fried chicken or something else to eat while reading this story because the author does such a great job of creating a vivid word portrait that one can almost smell the meals being served! A copy of this title was provided in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by Julie for Read Your Writes Book Reviews I like The Truth About Lilly a lot. I highly recommend. The Truth About Lilly has a down-home sweetness to it and a wonderful main character that everyone should aspire to be. Two years ago, Lilly Talbot became a widow. Her husband left her with a lot of debt due to his gambling. Per his request, she keeps it all a secret and endures verbal abuse from her mother-in-law and even her step-daughter, who she raised from the time she was four years old. Lilly is an excellent artist and makes a new life for herself. She has trials and tribulations to overcome and lets a new man enter her life although the situation was forced upon her. Connor “Mac” McQueen has a criminal past. Mac eventually helps Lilly set up in her new home and even helps her figure out falling in love is not a bad thing. He falls hard as well. The Truth About Lilly is a very cute story and I highly recommend to everyone. **Copy received courtesy the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
What I Thought: This was a good little read. I feel that it is great for ladies who have been there, having to start over for any reason. I found myself, several times, thinking about my mother who had to start over and all the little and big things that made it hard, funny and completely unexpected. Just like my mother, I loved watching our main character grow. It was interesting and fun to see just how she changed and learned from the decisions that went wrong and the things she had to do and think about, that she never had to before. Just like my mum, there are some things that were always done by the man, and you have to look at those things in a new way and figure out how to sort it - just like our main characters run-down house and roof issue. I loved when she met Mac. He was everything she didn't need, or did she? He was problematic, yet at the same time he gave her joy and opened her up to new things. It was interesting watching as they explored their feelings and how they dealt with all the 'bad' things that arose from Mac's past. Overall, I found this story very interesting. It was lovely to see a different perspective on starting over and read a story that helps show us that things can't always be based on someone's past - we all change, grow and sometimes we aren't anything like the people around us think. This was a fun, exciting and romantic read. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!